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Friday, October 25, 2013

Spontaneous Art

I have been working out about 6 times a week for about 7 months now.  My wife got a job at the YMCA which helps me be accountable in attendance.  Doug and Faith work at the Y. We have too much fun laughing about stupid stuff, and it probably gives me a good break from cardio to weight lifting. 
   So I decided to just start drawing on the board while we were talking.  I drew Faith and Faith drew Doug.  It ended up leading to another conversation in art with another person that might lead to some more connections.  Pretty cool!  So for all you artist: let go, and do art. 

Friday, October 11, 2013

Here is a piece that I hope to have finished by the end of the week. I will have these available in print format sometime next week.  I love the idea of going to Paris.  I have never been.  This is Charcoal on canvas.

I am going to be in another art show in Traveler's Rest on Oct. 26.  Please come visit me.  I have at every show I do.

It has been so busy; I have found the business to be growing so fast that I am just trying to keep up with life in general, let alone find time to blog.

Well thanks for stopping by.  I will post some new pictures of all the shows very soon.


Sunday, September 8, 2013

Sasquatch Character Design

I was recently commissioned to design a character for a Project Manager for Buckner Steel CO.  There is an employee that has a nickname of Sasquatch do to his in girlish figure.  He wants a design for a T-shirt...little does he know that his superior really wants to make this into something special for him.  This drawing was with Pastels and Pen.  I will stage this character into a scene specific to steel erection.  I hope he likes it.

Friday, August 30, 2013

It's Football Season

Being a fan of college football in general has got me really feverish. With this season just getting underway for College football I thought it would be appropriate to draw picture of my favorite Coach.  Coach Mark Dantonio is a wonderful coach and a great role model. He coaches the Michigan State Spartans.  It just so happens the quarterback is from Midland Michigan. I think Andrew Maxwell could be a great quarterback. He struggled some last year and I'm anxious to see if he can step it up this year. In any case whatever your favorite team is have a wonderful football season and good luck. Go state!

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Enchanted pond

I was thinking about the big trees and nice lakes in Midland, MI; and how much I miss that area.  My grandma Eunice used to paint watercolor a little like this.  She had much better technique than I do now.  I am very grateful for the artistic heritage that God Blessed me with. 

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Watercolor realism

So I wondered what kind of limits watercolor has.  I used to think that watercolor was just for painting colorful flower or forest paintings. I never could get past that false fact till just recently.  I inherited some watercolors and watercolor paper from my grandmother Eunice Everson and my Aunt Dorothy.  I decided to give them a try.  I have been pleasantly surprised.  Some of that surprise was anyway do do the fact that I stumbled upon some different techniques to help with control.  The biggest frustration most people have with watercolor is that it can seem very hard to control the watercolor.  That is just it though....let the watercolor do what it is going to do.  Let go.  However, if you are still in need of more control try dry on dry. In other words, dry brush on dry paper.  This is how I was able to achieve the control that you see in the picture below.  It almost has a pencil drawing look. Anyway, I am thinking of entering this piece into a small works competition.  I hope it goes well.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Yoda Oil Painting

So I started the next layer.  Almost done really.  Still not sure that oil is my favorite.  It is growing on me; I see it as a challenge. 

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Oil Beginner is true believe it or not I have not painted a true oil painting until now.  I know being an artist basically means that you paint with oils at some time....maybe that is why I stayed away from it.  I can say however that I am truly enjoying the medium. After all this pencil, color pencil, and watercolor I feel as though I have finally reached adolescence as an artist.  Of course, I have not yet finished the painting, and I have much to learn; yet I definitely have that artistic gratification with this current piece.  I will have Yoda up for sale soon.  Oil on canvas:11x14.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Painting of Max Scherzer of the Detroit Tigers

Ouch!  I sprained my ankle this morning.  Not cool.  It was very early and rainy out and I stepped on a hose and twisted it.  So, I spent most of the day elevating and icing my ankle.  Well, at least I was able to do some painting.  This is a painting of Max Scherzer pitcher for the Detroit Tigers.  Having most of my roots in MI, I have decided to do a series of Detroit Professional Players.  You can get a print of my artwork by clicking the link below the Picture.  Go Detroit!

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Painting of Princess Leia

     I have fallen in love with watercolor.  It feels so good to be able to be controlled for a little and then LET GO!  Let the water move where it wants.  I love the whole retro Star Wars culture, and I will be painting a number of pictures from the movies.  I will start with the older films first.  This reminds me; I think that it will be sweet to have the older actors in the new Trilogy!  Can not wait for that!
Princess Leia-"Star Wars"

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Iron Man Painting

     I was going to do a family photo shoot of some friends of mine but the weather did not want to cooperate! So, to fulfill the need to be creative I thought that I would experiment with a kind of "live Speed Painting."  I took a little longer just because I could.  I thought that it would look cool to have the detail  mixed with the abstract a little.  

   I used acrylic paint on canvas.  I believe it is a 3ft x 2ft canvas.  This one will probably hang in my son Lincoln's room.  He loves Iron Man.
     I am trying to figure out what I will do next...please comment or email me on what I should paint next

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Abstract Watercolor.

So the wife and kids left is not what you think....hah.  They went to Wisconsin to see the in laws. 

This gives me some time to finish some projects that have been waiting for me. 

Here is a warm up for painting.

This is a watercolor painting highlighted with color pencil of my wife Bethany.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Polychromatic Drawing.

Hello bloggers.  It has been a while.  I recently got the art attack.  Namely polychromatic drawing. While at work, I mentioned to a customer that I like to draw...he in return mentioned how he had already been thinking of getting one done for his girlfriend.  So I had him text me a pic today. I am about half way through. The girl has some very cool colorful eyes.  So it was decided to do just the eyes in color.  It has been fun so far;and I hope they like it.


Tuesday, March 19, 2013

The Baggets new CD

I had a great time recording the Bagget family.  Here is a picture of the new CD.  I hope to do more.  One step closer to the reality of a physical studio. i was able to pic up some mics that really did great.  Recording is an art. 

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Scriptural Drawings

My father-in-law had a cool idea for me to do.  I am going to do a series of drawings that go with a theme from a verse in scripture.  I think that these drawings could be made into thank-you cards and put on bulletin covers.  I have an example pack of thank-you cards coming. When they come in i will post.  This drawing a drawing of some bread and wheat....referring to John 6. 

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Painting Clouds

Wow! There was quite a storm that just passed through.  It seemed to come in so fast.  This storm gave me an Idea. I decided to try my hand at painting some clouds while I was waiting for the storm to pass over.  I used acrylic on a 16X14 Canvas.  I am still learning.

For Sale:  $100

Monday, July 16, 2012

Learning How to paint with Acrylics

I have been enjoying diving into the realm of painting recently.  What amazes me the most is how fast it goes.  I am so used to drawing. This piece is still not done. I have more to do with some shadows and highlights.  I feel like I could walk into this painting.  I was so much fun.  I am going to do a cloud seen next! 

This painting will be for sale when I am finished.  If anyone has any suggestions and a title for this piece let me know. 


Saturday, July 7, 2012

What a week

I had a ball staying at the Brown's house this past vacation week.  We were in Midland MI.  This is where I grew up.  We had every day completely full of things to do.   It was the perfect vacation.  I was able to deliver the Sunset Moth painting to the Marybeth Brown. It was hard parting with that piece.  However she did give me another one to start on.  This is going to be great!  I thought that I would post a pic of the painting in the house.  I had a few touch ups to take care of when I was there.  It turned out great.

What a week

I had a ball staying at the Brown's house this past vacation week.  We were in Midland MI.  This is where I grew up.  We had every day completely full of things to do.   It was the perfect vacation.  I was able to deliver the Sunset Moth painting to the Marybeth Brown. It was hard parting with that piece.  However she did give me another one to start on.  This is going to be great!  I thought that I would post a pic of the painting in the house.  I had a few touch ups to take care of when I was there.  It turned out great.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Sunset Moth

Here is as far as i could get tonight.  I simply must finish by Thursday!

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Burst of color

Hah i love the color burst that is taking place.  The black contrast on top of the color seals the painting.  It brings it all together.  I love it because it is soooooo rewarding.

Getting close

Just thought i should give another update.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Back to painting

Finally....i am painting again.  So much has gone on in my life recently!  Have a baby is one one of those things that can really keep you on your toes.  I am so thankful that baby Beckham is healthy and my wife Bethany had recovered well. 
     I have been commissioned to do a painting of a sunset moth.  I already did a pilot smaller sized painting that turned out well.  I have a post about.  But, my family is planning a trip back to Midland, MI next week.  I want to finish this painting by tomorrow night so i can take it to a hopefully, happy client. 
    I am using acrylic paint. I am using a reference photo.  I have not done a lot of painting in this medium, but so far it is going well.  I will keep the updates flowing.

Love you all...

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Family Picture Day

So I wanted to do some photography for fun and include myself in the pictures...seeing how I am rarely in any photos.  How could I be? I always insist on taking the pics.  Oh well.  I loved to edit the pics myself too.  I did this photo through my acer tablet.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

A Finger Sketch

So. I was able to do a little finger sketch on my new tablet.  I am very pleased with the app that I used.  I believe that it is called sketch mobile.  I had to use my finger to draw so my accuracy was low, however; I will be getting a styleist to help with that.  We had a great week of singing in Bonita Springs, FL.  I am now hoping that my family will get well soon, so that we can enjoy the rest of the weekend. 

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Half way there

Just a quick update on the latest drawing. About half way there. If you noticed, I started with the eyes and nose and lips first. But the main thing that I always want to get right. Is the eyes.
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Thursday, September 22, 2011

fine and dandy

I used matte board, hb, 2b, 6b, and 8b pencils. I thought that it would be fun to take on an interesting perspective.
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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Latest Sketches

I have had the opportunity to do some more drawing. I love to draw. Why do I love to draw? I have some ideas, but I just can not get away from it. If anyone knows why they like to draw or why I love it. I found a new pencil. It is a 9xxxxb. I never heard of it before. It is extremely dark. It is soft, but almost charcoal like without the mess. I liked it. It does not blend easily. It worked out nicely.
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Thursday, August 4, 2011

Latest Song For Acapella playtime

I can still remember one of my favorite movies when I was a kid: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I loved it because I am a dreamer at heart, and I love the idea of a candy world. I have always been enchanted by the original music in the movie. My favorite song would have to be Pure Imagination. I decided to record it last night with my new MXL 990 microphone. I liked the results! I wanted to make this song with the closest dreamiest chords I could make without over powering the simple melody. Enjoy the sample!

Friday, July 8, 2011

A few Photos

Here are some Photos that I took while on a trip with the Quartet. We went to PA and NY. The pics with water behind are of Lake Erie. I am finding that I love Photography!

Monday, June 20, 2011

A weekend in WI

I had a great trip to WI! My sister in law Brooke had a wedding this past weekend, and I was able to take some photos of all the fun that we had. The pictures tell most of the story. We went to bay beach with the Bridal party. It was an almost perfect day for pictures. I had fun with the new camera. The wedding went great! I wish that I could have put some moments in slow motion to soak it all in. Ah well. Such is life. Ever flowing.
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